Just how cold is it

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The Days Are Getting Longer

Published January 12, 2014 by inanortherntown

After two days of non-stop snowing, the clouds departed and the sun came out.


Anytime the sky is brilliant blue and the sun shining, I feel the need to be out enjoying every moment of sunshine. When will I learn that it can still be COLD even if the sun is out. It's disconcerting to have icicles on one's eyelashes.


There were lots of others out with the same idea, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and snow mobiling. We haven’t venture into any outdoor winter sports other than enjoying the long walks in the deep freeze. I find it surprisingly difficult to walk in fresh snow as I’m not the most coordinated, so I enjoyed slipping and lurching all over the path.


With the sun setting, the temperature dropping and my uncoordinated legs going numb – it was time to head home for a hot chocolate. The optimists living here are already celebrating the longer periods of daylight but the pessimists realists would like to point out that today the sun was setting at 4:33PM. I guess it is a small price to pay for the glorious endless days of sunshine in the summer.



It’s STILL winter in Alberta

Published February 20, 2013 by inanortherntown

It’s winter in Alberta
And the gentle breezes blow,
50 miles per hour at 10 degrees below!
Oh, how I love the frozen tundra
When the snow’s up to your butt;
You take a breath of winter air
And your nose is frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is wonderful,
You may think I’m a fool.
I could never leave Alberta,
Cause I’m frozen to the stool.


PS: Knock it off with your pictures of spring crocuses already.

Thanks to Michelle for sending this along!

Winterfest – Day 1

Published February 14, 2013 by inanortherntown

There were FIREWORKS!


There was a DOG skating on the ICE


There was a FIREPIT on the ICE


Look at this block of packed snow [Mr. N-T is 6′ 3″] ready to be used for the Ice Sculpture Competition – I promise to take a picture of the finished product:


Unfortunately we missed the fire dancers, I keep forgetting about the horrid traffic in this town, it took 45 minutes to drive to the site, 2 years to park and then literally 6 minutes to drive home. Rookie mistake.

We had such a freezing cold fantastic time 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Canada Reads 2013

Published February 14, 2013 by inanortherntown

I made a momentous decision that this was the year to join in the CBC’s annual “Battle of the Books“. In a new twist, they picked the books by region which is a genius idea.

From British Columbia and Yukon: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

From Prairies and North: The Age of Hope by David Bergen

From Ontario: Away by Jane Urquhart

From Quebec: Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan

From Atlantic Provinces: February by Lisa Moore

I can’t wait to get started.

The local “WinterFest” starts February 14th to the 24th and I am going to make every effort to attend/observe as many activities as I can and report back. The Opening Ceremony theme is Fire & Ice featuring fireworks choreographed to music by the international award-winning Fireworks Spectacular, ice-skating, fire dancers, bonfires, and ice-dancing demos.

This is all happening on a FROZEN RIVER.

I know I’ll lose all Canadian credibility but I’m going to say it anyway – it boggles my mind that a place can get so cold that a river will freeze and a festival, that includes FIRE DANCERS, can safely take place. Maybe I’ve watched too many cartoons because, to me, this has all of the makings of a Wile E. Coyote disaster.


I’ve got my toque, scarf, thermal unmentionables, wool socks, layers upon layers of clothing, fleece vest, and my heavy winter jacket and snow pants ready to head out into the COLD to celebrate winter. Hopefully we are celebrating the departure of winter 😉

Top 10 Ways To Tell Your Life Has Experienced A Slight Traumatic Transformation

Published January 30, 2013 by inanortherntown

1. You read this article “Walk Like A Penguin” for serious tips and your first thought ISN’T “Wow, the writers at The Onion are getting funnier.”
Walk On Ice

2. Your pep talk to your daughter: “Yes, I know it’s cold and dark but you love going to school PLUS the days are getting lighter and spring is coming and pretty soon you won’t need to dress like a snowman. We are going to love living here.” is made null and void by promptly bursting into tears at your husband’s announcement it’s -32 and the temperature is expected to continue to drop.

3. It’s perfectly acceptable to compare your dry irritated skin with strangers in the drugstore. “Do you have dry, itchy, irritated skin AND it’s bleeding?” For the record, 4 out of 5 strangers recommend Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair for your northern winter skin needs.

4. You are pleased to observe you can cancel your facial microdermabrasion appointment as the bitter wind has peeled all the skin off your face. Winning!

5. You can watch saucy videos in public with absolutely no shame (totally SFW).

6. “Your blue feet perfectly match your beautiful eyes” is a compliment you’ll cherish for days.

7. You are amused to observe that it’s so cold the gangsters have pulled up their pants.

8. You have legitimate reasons for spending hours on Etsy looking for a super cute toque and scarf.

9. Staying inside for days on end & shuffling around the house like a recluse? Simply character development for the book you’ve always wanted to write – no need to worry.

10. You continue to invent new and exciting breakfast recipes that will support the Canadian Wheat Board. Patriotism at its finest!


If You Give A Dog Some Booties

Published January 22, 2013 by inanortherntown

There was colourful envelope in my mailbox today!


From my friend Pam! How fantastic – booties for Baaj and hand/feet warmers for me!

This is my new strategy – have Baaj wear his new shoes inside the house. Very similar to what I do: Can I walk in these heels? Do they give me blisters? Thanks Pam! I foresee some long walks at the beach in the snow soon! I’ll take pics!
Shoes for Baaj

I swear this won’t become a weather blog BUT there was a notice today that the school ski trip has been cancelled as the temperatures are expected to drop to MINUS FORTY-TWO. School is still in session though. REALLY? At what point will they throw in the towel and tell us to stay home and drink hot chocolate? There must be a magical temperature right? “Oh, look at that – hell has frozen over – school is cancelled for the day!”

Making Snow

Published January 20, 2013 by inanortherntown

The highway re-opened after 24+ hours and all is right with the world.

HOWEVER, on my twitter feed this morning, I read that some gas stations ran out of gas!!?! Can this be true? I’ll have to investigate further because that’s a little freaky. I can handle running out of eggs & milk – but gas? Not so much.

It was another cold morning today but it was glorious! The sun came out to play, the sky was brilliant blue and the snow was sparkling like diamonds. Seeing the sun almost everyday is pretty spectacular.

We’d read about an experiment where you throw boiling water into the air and it freezes before it hits the ground and decided there was no time like the present! I made a rookie mistake half-way through the filming but please take the opportunity to gently stretch your neck to the left – just be sure to do the equal stretch on the right side. This concludes my public service reminder.

IMG 1527 from Ina Northern-Town on Vimeo.

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